Scorecard:Akpabio’s first year as Niger Delta Affairs minister blighted by corruption scandals

When Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and some federal lawmakers squared off in July during a National Assembly investigative hearing, the minister’s aides and his political supporters celebrated it as a victory for him.

Rattled by Mr Akpabio’s assertion that National Assembly members were involved in contract-awards in the tainted Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the chairman of the panel, Thomas Ereyitomi, asked the minister to discontinue his testimony which was broadcast live.

“Honourable minister, it’s okay, it’s okay. Off your mic!” Mr Ereyitomi told Mr Akpabio.

An enraged Mr Akpabio, after the public hearing, went ahead to name lawmakers who got contracts from NDDC.

‘Off your mike’

However, much to Mr Akpabio’s disadvantage, the infamous remarks by Mr Ereyitomi has become well-known among Nigerians, much more than any programme or project of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, in fact, has been overshadowed by corruption scandals in NDDC which it supervises, although some of the corruption cases predate Mr Akpabio’s appointment as minister.

The notable corruption…

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